County Administrator

  • Island County, Washington
  • 1 NE 7th Street, Coupeville, Washington
  • Sep 10, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management
  • Salary: $135,000 USD
  • Salary Top: $150,000
  • Phone: 206-368-0050
  • Apply By: Oct 10, 2021

Job Description


Island County, Washington

Salary:  $135,000 - $150,000


Located in the Puget Sound, just 2 hours north of Seattle and less than 2 hours south of the Canadian border, Island County, Washington, offers residents breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, unspoiled hills, uncrowded Puget Sound shoreline, and wildlife in evergreen forests, along with bald eagles and blue herons on the beaches. Home to more than 85,000 residents, Island County consists of Whidbey and Camano Islands, covering a combined 517 square miles. Communities within Island County's boundaries include Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Freeland, Clinton, and Camano Island. The largest city in Island County is Oak Harbor with a population of just over 23,000. The county seat is Coupeville on Whidbey Island.


Island County is led by a three-member Board of Commissioners elected from three districts to staggered four-year terms. The county operates with 441.5 full time employees spread over more than 20 departments and has a 2021 operating budget of $100.3 million. The departments include Assessor, Auditor, Budget, County Clerk, County Commissioners, Coroner, District Court, Facilities Management, General Services Administration, Human Resources, Human Services, Information Technology, Juvenile Court Services, Planning and Community Development, Prosecuting Attorney, Public Health, Public Works, Sheriff including Corrections, Superior Court, and Treasurer.


Under the direction of the Board of Island County Commissioners, the County Administrator plans, organizes and coordinates the management of executive and administrative functions in coordination with and as assigned by the Board. This position provides organizational leadership and direction to department heads and is accountable for the efficient and effective performance of those departments, including establishing expected outcomes and results and evaluating those results along with the Board.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and five (5) or more years of demonstrated progressively responsible managerial and supervisory experience with executive level decision making in government is required. A master’s degree or higher is preferred. Equivalent private sector experience may be substituted for the above requirements. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in public sector budgeting and financial management, and experience in oversight of administrative programs and ability to manage in a complex, rapidly changing environment. Any combination of relevant education and experience that demonstrates a candidate’s ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities will be considered.


For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Island County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: October 10, 2021 (open until filled).

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1 NE 7th Street, Coupeville, Washington 98239 United States View Map